Energy Industry Political Allies Resist Legislative and Grassroots Efforts to End Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing
Interview with Emily Wurth, water program director of Food & Water Watch, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Shale gas development has been touted as the biggest breakthrough in U.S. fossil fuel production in decades, allowing the natural gas industry to drill in areas that were previously inaccessible. Media ads claim that the process, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the "clean, safe, domestic" power of the future. But fracking – in which millions of gallons of water, a secret mix of toxic chemicals and sand are injected into wells to break apart shale and release trapped gas – has been found to pollute ground water.